I dug the rest of my Western Maryland information out of that closet last evening. There was more than I remembered. Seven hard back books, a couple paperback books, two 3" magazine boxes, and miscellaneous papers. Yes I would say there was an interest in the WM. I had looked at various portions from Cumberland on int West Virginia for inspiration for a layout over a long span of years. Blackwater Canyon is one of my favorite areas.
John, how did you know??